Koulibaly insists players to blame for poor Chelsea form

Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly has blamed Chelsea’s poor run of form on the players, not the manager.

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Chelsea were bested by Newcastle United on Saturday evening.

Chelsea headed into the game winless in four league matches and slipping down the Premier League table.

Newcastle, meanwhile, were flying high and continue their charge up the table.

The Magpies saw off Chelsea with relative ease, with a 67th-minute strike from Joe Willock enough to secure them the four points.

Graham Potter’s side have now lost back-to-back matches against Arsenal and Newcastle and find themselves struggling in the eighth in the league table with 21 points from 14 matches.

And whilst many a Chelsea fan has been keen to point the finger at Potter, Kalidou Koulibaly has insisted the players are at fault:

“It hurts, we came here to take three points,’’ the defender told Canal Plus after the Newcastle loss. ‘’We knew that they were in a good moment, that they are putting on the intensity and that especially at home they have their audience behind them. Today Chelsea are not in their place and the only culprits are us. So we must look each other in the eye and continue to work to put Chelsea in their place.’’

Koulibaly also hopes the World Cup break will do Chelsea some good, as he added: ‘’The break comes at the good time for us, we need to recharge the batteries, think about something else and come back after the World Cup with a different mentality.”

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